Report: Maersk to Normalize Shipments Early Next Week

Image Courtesy: Maersk Line

In the aftermath of a cyber attack, container shipments handled by Danish shipping major Maersk Group are expected to return to normal early next week, Reuters informed citing the company.

Following the cyber attack Petya, which hit the company on June 27, Maersk’s IT systems across multiple sites and business units were shut down. The company managed to restore its major IT systems and terminal operations, however, it is still dealing with a backlog of orders as it tries to fully normalize its operations.

Furthermore, the company was cited by Reuters as saying that it is still “too early to predict the financial impact” of the cyber attack as the incident impacted the shipping giant’s data-reliant processes and not the physical loading of goods.

Robbert van Trooijen, Maersk’s Asia Pacific chief executive told Reuters that it was unclear how many bookings had been canceled due to the attack, but that the bookings started bouncing back as systems recovered.

Only days after the attack, Maersk Line informed that almost all ports were operational and running close to normal. Since June 29, the shipping line managed to reestablish business in Algeciras, Tangier, Callao Lima, Mumbai, Itajai and Buenos Aires.

On June 30, the company was working on expanding its services at Pier 400 in Los Angeles, Port Elizabeth in New Jersey and Maasvlakte II in Rotterdam.

“We are seeing great progress in the restoration of our infrastructure,” Maersk Line earlier informed.

World Maritime News Staff

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